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MEMORABLE WEDDINGS
Blaire & Andrew


The wind billowed the bride’s veil as her bridesmaids arranged her gown.

The wind billowed the bride’s veil as her bridesmaids arranged her gown.

Photography by Anna Sneed

After two-and-a-half wonderful years of togetherness, Blaire Elizabeth Schuetz and Andrew James Coakley planned a dream wedding that would officially unite them as a couple – and as a ready-made family. With Blaire’s occupation as inspiration, they literally “danced” into a new life of marital bliss and have never been happier!

First Date

Blaire, a lifelong native of The Woodlands, met Andrew after he moved to the area from out-of-
state. Blaire readily admits that her first date with Andrew involved raw sushi and a horrible movie. Thankfully, neither the food nor film prevented a second date, or a third.

Courtship

In fact, this busy couple dated 21 months before Andrew proposed. During this time they adjusted to each other’s schedules and careers.

Andrew had attended the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, which prepared him for his position as director of commercial relocation and logistics. Blaire is a certified Pilates instructor and ballet, pointe and jazz teacher. Interestingly, from 2006-2009 she lived in New York City and performed and competed in international Latin and international Ballroom dancing with a partner from Serbia. She traveled all over the U.S. and to the Bahamas, where she won 2nd place in a World Championship.

Added to the equation was Blaire’s 4-year-old son Camden, who took the couple from duo to trio and added an element of “instant family.” Camden would later play an important part in their engagement story and wedding!

Proposal

One day Blaire returned home from work to find Andrew and Camden waiting at the top of the stairs. Camden asked if she liked diamonds, which seemed like an interesting question coming from such a young boy. Then he asked her to come upstairs.

When she reached the top, Blaire was in for a big surprise! Andrew popped the question, much to Camden’s delight. “The funny part was that the ring was too small and would only fit on my pinky finger,” says Blaire. What made the whole proposal experience extra special was that Camden played a part in it.

Engagement

Soon Blaire and Andrew were in for another surprise. The most significant event during their engagement was a pregnancy, which occurred three months before the wedding. Blaire had to have her wedding gown resized, and the happy occasion brought additional opportunities to adjust as a nuclear family.

The Wedding

Rustic, whimsical, eclectic, elegant and ballet inspired – all were important influences that Blaire wished to include, and she and Andrew could not have pulled off such a spectacular event without the help of wedding/event coordinator Jen Lowrance of J Low Events.

On March 21, Blaire and Andrew decided to say their vows at the Olde Dobbin Station. “It’s absolutely beautiful there and we knew our guests would agree,” says Blaire. The facility is located about 18 minutes away from La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery County near The Woodlands, which meant that family and friends who wanted to make a vacation out of their attendance would be within close proximity of luxurious accommodations.

Olde Dobbin Station provides a unique experience through the use of old structures built in the early 1900s, restored to their original look and feel, while adding a vintage touch. This became the perfect backdrop for a barefoot, fairytale wedding that was both earthy and elegant, and incorporated the bride’s favorite hues of pale pink, champagne, cream and forest green. The outdoor ceremony took place inside a raw cement warehouse facility with giant 40-foot amber lit trees and gazebo with hanging purple wisteria and a chandelier.

Attire: The bride wore a Winnie Couture gown with a train skirt made of soft tulle and a silk top halter with a diamond waist band. Custom “ballerina-inspired” alterations were made, which included some changes in fabric to pale peachy and pink hues.

The bride’s “something old” was a handkerchief given to her grandmother by her grandfather on their wedding day in 1948. The nostalgia inspired the bride to give her mother and other loved ones monogrammed handkerchiefs on her own special day.

Her “something new” was a handmade fresh water pink and cream tiara. Her cathedral length veil with pearl details served as her “something borrowed” and was made by a close friend who dyed it in green tea and pink food coloring. Her garter served as her “something blue.”

Bridesmaid attire included above-the-knee tea party style dresses in champagne lace with 3⁄4 length sleeves, worn with tan flats.

The groom’s apparel was a custom fitted navy blue Canali suit and brown shoes. Groomsmen also wore custom fitted blue suits.

Floral Decor: The bride carried a hand tied bouquet in a wildflower style, with shades of pale to medium pink flowers. The assortment included tulips, ranunculas, lisiathus, spirea, succulents, silver brunia, ginsetra and dusty miller with stems wrapped in lace. A pearl pin completed the arrangement.

The bridesmaids carried thick candles with tiny flower wreaths and wore lavender and rosemary wreaths in their hair. The flower girl’s basket contained dried lavender. The groom’s and groomsmen’s boutonnieres included one succulent wrapped in twine.

The Bridal Party: Allison Crook Cowan officiated as parents of the bride, Chuck and Bonnie Schuetz, joined
parents of the groom, Chuck and Susan Coakley, in witnessing the union of their children.

Maid of honor Anna Reynolds
and bridesmaids Ashley Duffy and Danae Wheat
served with flower girl Julie Schoonover.

Best man Casey Mulligan and groomsmen Kyle Konieczka, Peter Callahan, Jack Coakley and Michael Coakley
served with adorable ring bearer Camden Schuetz (Blaire’s son).

Top Wedding Moments: The bride’s professional calling was definitely a factor in the ceremony. Beautiful ballerinas danced down the aisle wearing simple flowing dark green dresses and ribbons streaming from their hair.

The walk down the aisle was special. A four-piece string quartet performed as the bride’s father led her to Camden, who, in turn, walked his barefoot mother to the altar on a moss runner. Then Camden “reclined” on the floor during the ceremony and Irish blessing because he was tired.

Having a blended secular wedding that included Camden was important to the couple. It was especially touching when they gave Camden a golden ring to match theirs.

The Reception

The reception was also held at Olde Dobbin Station amidst a variety of bridal flowers and greenery with verdigris lanterns and various
candle holders. Rosemary lavender succulents andmoss decorated the length of the tables.

The Cakes: The beautiful wedding cake rose four tiers and was made of Italian butter cream and naked cake with rose pink whip cream puffing out from between layers. It was decorated with two birds that represented the bride and groom, as well as a nest with a baby bird representing the son of the bride. An egg represented the couple’s four-month “baby bump.”

The groom’s cake was Bavarian cheesecake decorated with the Coakley family Irish crest.

Top Reception Moments: Father and daughter danced to “My Girl” and “Boogie Shoes,” starting as a slow and serious waltz and then cutting into a fast, high energy cha-cha. Mother and son danced to “In My Life” by The Beatles.The couple’s parents also got in on the action as the Dry Water Band (a nine-person band) played “Unchained Melody.” Everyone enjoyed a festive, celebratory night on the dance floor.

The Honeymoon and Future: The couple exited in a Mercedes Coach Bus and honeymooned at Plantation Home in Louisiana. Now they (and big brother Camden) are eagerly awaiting the birth of their newest family member.

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The bride entered through the side barn door as the wind picked up and blew the white curtains for a dreamy effect..

The new Mr. & Mrs. Coakley • The bride’s bouquet was hues of lavender.

The new Mr. & Mrs. Coakley • The bride’s bouquet was hues of lavender.

The bride’s bouquet was hues of lavender.

The bride’s bouquet was hues of lavender.

Last minute touches on a beautiful bride.

Last minute touches on a beautiful bride.

Bridesmaid dresses hung in the bridal suite window, complementing the vintage and whimsical theme.

Bridesmaid dresses hung in the bridal suite window, complementing the vintage and whimsical theme.

Bridesmaids wore halos to capture the “fairy” theme of the wedding.

Bridesmaids wore halos to capture the “fairy” theme of the wedding.

Blaire created this special handkerchief for her mother

Blaire created this special handkerchief for her mother

 A special mother-daughter moment filled with joy.

A special mother-daughter moment filled with joy.

Beer for the groomsmen at the pre-ceremony suite.

Beer for the groomsmen at the pre-ceremony suite.

The groom shares a moment with young Camden and groomsmen.

The groom shares a moment with young Camden and groomsmen.

 The reception room had subtle elegance with earthy tones and a touch of vintage, set off by sheer lace chair covers alternating with satin rosette chair covers and gold-rimmed chargers.

The reception room had subtle elegance with earthy tones and a touch of vintage, set off by sheer lace chair covers alternating with satin rosette chair covers and gold-rimmed chargers.

The reception room had subtle elegance with earthy tones and a touch of vintage.

The reception room had subtle elegance with earthy tones and a touch of vintage.

The bride and her maids looked like lovely fairies outside the bridal suite at Olde Dobbin Station.

The bride and her maids looked like lovely fairies outside the bridal suite at Olde Dobbin Station.

Lavender petals and bare feet for the charming flower girl.

Lavender petals and bare feet for the charming flower girl.

Ballerinas from Boni’s Dance Studio performed during the bridal processional as a special part of the ceremony for the bride and her mother.

Ballerinas from Boni’s Dance Studio performed during the bridal processional as a special part of the ceremony for the bride and her mother.

The bride’s 4-year-old son played his part in the wedding ceremony.

The bride’s 4-year-old son played his part in the wedding ceremony.

The newlyweds leave the wedding  ceremony.

The newlyweds leave the wedding
ceremony.

The first song for the  newlyweds had them truly dancing  with joy.

The first song for the newlyweds had them truly dancing with joy.

Along with naked cake, guests were offered gluten-free  cake.

Along with naked cake, guests were offered gluten-free cake.

he bride especially enjoyed dancing with her father.

he bride especially enjoyed dancing with her father.

Mother and son share a sweet moment on the dance floor.

Mother and son share a sweet moment on the dance floor.

he bride, in her  getaway outfit, and groom make their exit amid a lavender toss by guests.

The bride, in her getaway outfit, and groom make their exit amid a lavender toss by guests.

Memorable Weddings
Blaire & Andrew


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